I LOVE this picture of Carson and Cole. I feel it sums up their individual personalities so well. Cole is a goofy, happy, adventurous, independent, playful little boy. Carson is a silly, happy, cuddly, inquisitive, affectionate little boy. This past month has really let the boys blossom into their own little persons. It has been such a wonderful experience to see them learn and grow. Now the boys are sitting up unassisted for about 15 minutes at a time. They love to sit in the floor and play with toys. They are not big fans of laying on their tummies too much anymore, unless its Cole pushing himself up to his hands and knees! That's right, my little Cole is in the early stages of crawling! Carson is not showing too much interest in this yet, as he would rather sit and play with toys and "think" about how the toy works. I love to watch him hold a toy and just examine it on all sides. Carson also loves to hit two balls or two blocks together, "clapping" his hands.
Both boys have become big talkers! Cole's first word at early 8 months of age was "Da-da." He loves to say this word when he is happy or when he is upset:) Carson's first word at about 8 1/2 months was "Ma-ma." It is so fitting for the boys that these were their first words, as Cole has become daddy's little buddy a lot of times, and Carson has grown very attached to me. One of Cole's favorite things is for daddy to carry him downstairs on his shoulders after getting him out of bed in the morning. He just smiles and laughs as they come down the stairs together. Carson enjoys cuddling with me and will constantly turn around and put his hand on my leg when we are playing to make sure I'm right there with him. Carson and Cole also love to "talk" and laugh with each other. It is fun to sit them face to face and feet to feet in their high chairs and watch them interact with each other.
The boys have each had another tooth come in. Cole's second tooth was noticeable on 3-31-14 and Cole's second tooth came in 4-12-14. I have tried to get pictures showing their cute little teeth but can't get them to cooperate with it:) With these new teeth in place, we let the boys try a new snack...Crunchies! They absolutely love chomping down on them. And they love all the flavors of them. We also started adding a little extra flavor to some of the boys foods. The first one I tweaked was their squash. I added a little cinnamon when I pureed the squash this time. This was a big hit with the boys. Especially with the applesauce added as well like I normally do!
The boys first Easter was during this time (4/20/14). It was a beautiful day and we spent it with a great church service, some relaxation, and family time at Grandpa and Nana's. The boys enjoyed swinging in the swing, playing on a blanket outside, and riding in their wagon for the first time. The only thing that would have made the day better would be if daddy had been with us. But he had to work that day:( He enjoyed seeing all the pictures of our experiences that day though. They boys got a total of 4 Easter baskets each! They got so many great new toys, bath toys and books.
Carson's first Easter basket
Cole's first Easter basket